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Monday, July 31, 2006

Fair market value

Former Tiger Eddie Kennison is telling the Kansas City Chiefs he’s about ready to take his ball and go home if they don’t restructure his deal.

Kennison has quite a bit of leverage in this stalemate with Kansas City. He’s the Chiefs leading returning receiver, the only reliable deep threat and is in the top ten in nearly all of the team’s all-time receiving categories. He’s also only the second Chiefs receiver to have back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.

“… two players with inferior statistics to Kennison recently received exorbitant free-agent contracts. New England’s David Givens signed with Tennessee for $15.3 million over the next three seasons while Pittsburgh’s Antwaan Randle El signed with Washington for $11.2 million over the next two.

“Kennison’s current contract calls for him to receive about $4.8 million over the next two seasons and $8.2 million over the next three. Kennison last season had more catches (68), yards (1,102) and touchdowns (five) than either Givens or Randle El.”

If the Chiefs expect Larry Johnson to break free for more than 2,000 yards this season, and they do, they’re going to need a deep threat such as Kennison. Pay the man!


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